RFIC Plenary Speaker 1: Transceiver Roadmap for 2035 and Beyond

Bram Nauta*

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Summary form only given, as follows. The complete presentation was not made available for publication as part of the conference proceedings. During the past decades wireless communication has made an enormous growth. Triggered by a large R&D effort, the integration of transceivers in CMOS technology has made low-cost mass production possible. For many applications like Bluetooth, a single-chip CMOS transceiver can now do the job. On the other hand, for complex transceivers like in modern smartphones, still more discrete RF components such as filters, switches and diplexers are being added to protect the transceiver from strong interferers which are often produced by the device itself. To satisfy the future bandwidth hunger, the number of frequency bands will further increase, modulation schemes will become more complex, more antennas will be used and carrier aggregation will be the norm. To limit the number of discrete RF components, linearity of the transceivers is key. Since more computing power will be needed in future transceivers as well, newer CMOS technologies are also wanted. CMOS technology will scale in favor of fast-switching digital circuits, but not for classical analog functions, like amplifiers. For the next fifteen years re-thinking of basic circuits and systems will be needed to make highly integrated linear transceivers, in a technology that is designed for digital circuits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-2549-0
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2021
EventIEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium, RFIC 2021 - Virtual Event, Atlanta, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


ConferenceIEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium, RFIC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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